Saluda Lifestyles - Monthly Ezine all about Saluda, NC
Where Time Stands Still 
 Happy Birthday, Saluda                                                                    February 2016
 February 1, 1881
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In This Issue (click on a topic to move to it quickly.)
Community Calendar
Dates to Remember
City Notes
Brown Bag
Saluda Historic Depot
Be a SHD Champion
Saluda Center News
Robinson Community Gardens
Saluda Community Land Trust
Saluda Tree City USA
Saluda Garden Club
Yoga Schedule
Tribal Bellydance
Women's Club of Saluda
Saluda Community Choir
Saluda School
Saluda Library
Saluda Church Services
Post Office Hours
Saluda Classifieds
What's Happening in Music and Art
Saluda Scoop
New Owner of Green River Brew
Saluda Train Tales
Remaining Winter Days
Bradley Farms
Saluda Faces
Historic Saluda
Tryon Arts
Call for Artists
Saluda Turns 135
"The Penny"
Annual Calendar of Events
Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace
Visitor Information Links
Music and Entertainment
Area News Media
Saluda Lifestyles
Saluda Property & Real Estate

Your Home Town Advantage  
Buy Local and Support Saluda Realtors

 Click on the pictures to link to  Western NC MLS Listing (links may expire, visit to view featured listings.)
All Saluda properties are 20 to 30 minutes from the new Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, NC. Live at the top of the grade for cooler temperatures and long-range mountain views!

New on the Market!
Southland log home used for commercial and could easily be turned into your mountain dream home. Walkable to historic village of Saluda, there's enough space for the entire family. Turn offices into master suite, and fit large spacious kitchen with new appliances. Oppty to upgrade and expand bathrooms to full use. Lots of parking and old homestead chimney sets stage for outdoor entertainment. Let your imagination run wild when designing and re-purposing this log cabin in the heart of Saluda. MLS#3140554, $349,000. Property can also be used for commercial purposes.
Enjoy a contemporary style of architecture portraying a lifestyle of outdoor living, luxury bedroom & bathroom suites,informal entertaining with light, simplicity and openness.Floor plan connects indoors to outdoors creating spaciousness. Easily accessible and minutes from Tryon Int'l Equestrian Center. 4232SF, 3BR, 3.5 BA, 3.15 ac, Tryon, NC, MLS#3143153, $450,000. View Virtual Tour.

Beautiful, light filled, lake front home. Solidly built & renovated with all new windows, hardwood floors throughout, & open floor-plan. When your not fishing & swimming in the lake enjoy your private land with a variety of rare flora & fauna, walking trails, creek & outdoor kitchen. Separate 910 SF building with private drive can be a home to your hobbies or office. A rare find. MLS#3132161, $325,000  
Custom built log cabin has it all. Year round view of the mountains. Private. Open floor plan featuring modern kitchen. Beautiful design. Opens to an AWESOME great room with soaring cathedral ceiling, fireplace, windows & french doors galore to take in the views. A master bedroom with bay window, fireplace, private bath. A 2nd master. Enjoy the outdoors on your 10 x 50 ft deck with view, or from the comfort of your screened-in porch. Garage also attached. MLS#3142388, $237,000 UNDER CONTRACT! 

Featured Listings
Log home with long range view on top of White Oak Mountain. Enjoy spectacular views from full length porch. Pine wood floors reflect the glow of wood-burning fireplace in living room and warm up family room in walk out finished basement. Sit in hot tub on stone patio or under shade of gazebo overlooking breath-taking views. Being sold fully furnished. 3BR, 3.5BA, 2126 SF, MLS#3124979 $259,000 Click here for Virtual Tour. 
Enjoy Mountain Lake Living on Lake Sheila in this mountain cabin nestled among the rhododendrons and pines. Open living space and vast ceiling height in great room, and large windows open onto a view of the lake. Downstairs family room is great for entertaining and housing guests. No yard maintenance. 3 BR, 3BA, 2772 SF, .91 ac MLS#3120389, $349,500.Click here for virtual tour.

Live the life on 26+ acres of privacy in this home built with natural materials, energy efficiency with stunning custom details and finishes throughout. Stainless steel appliances, granite counters, heart pine wood floors, arch beamed ceiling, master suite.Oversized garage and gentle land for garden and flower beds. Clear more for horse pasture. 30 min from Tryon International Equestrian Center. 3BR, 2.5 BA, approx 3314 SF, MLS#3124400, Offered $775,000 or $495,000 with 5 acres. Click here for virtual tour.

Spacious and meticulous home
with 3 acres for privacy built for easy maintenance and care.Features hardwood floors, vaulted ceiling, open floor plan,master on the main level,and 2-car garage.Enjoy passing the time away on 28 ac pristine Lake Sheila for fishing, swimming, boating. 4BR, 3 BA, 2-car garage, 3.5 acres.
3119261, $460,000 Click here for virtual tour. Click here for virtual tour. 

Mountain home on 2.1 acres adjoins Conservancy land overlooking Round Mtn. and Tryon Peak. Private bath in each bedroom. Enjoy magnificent views of different seasons. 3BR, 4BA, Art Studio, 2-car garage, MLS#577262, $347,500 

Cabin on 20+ acres with approx 5 acres of pasture area and 2 acres on the Green River.Property adjoins NC Wildlife Gamelands. 253 SF of unfinished room upstairs not incl in total SF and full unfinished 2BR, 1 BA, MLS#NCM593857m $399,000
Experience nature from outdoor living on multi level decking, cascading waterfall into Koi pond, stone fire pit on flag stone patio,and native plants that attract birds and butterflies. Quality log construction, granite counters, built in sauna off the master bedroom, upper covered porches to take in the view. 3BR, 3BA, 2-car garage, 2.25 ac, MLS#NCM592958 $495,000. Click here for virtual tour.
Private and secluded mountain retreat overlooking high mountain range above Lake Sheila.
Surrounded by the preserved and protected Greenville Watershed, this mountain home includes 2 stone fireplaces, decks, stone walls, hardwood floors, and ceiling beams. Guest bedrooms with private walk out. Privileges to use 28-acre private
Lake Sheila. 4BR, 4BA, approx.,.92 ac MLS#NCM583299, offered at $378,000
Click here for tour.

Exceptionally-built home with 170ft of lake frontage on Lake Sheila.Live year round in a peaceful, private lake community yet close to shopping,dining,and social activities. MLS#533759, $375,000
Lookilake sheilang for lake
property in Saluda.  Click here to visit a hidden gem only four miles from downtown Saluda
  Click here to see all Featured Home Listings

Just Can't Find the Perfect Mountain  Home? Then Build It!
Winter is the Best Time to View Land!

Build Your Custom Mountain Home
Lots and Land
Mountain Vista
Lot 16, 1.19 ac, $95,000, MLS#521147
 View Lot 23, 1.07 ac, $85,000, MLS#514441
Lot 26-R, 1.58 ac, $59,000 MLS#533763  
Lot 29, 1.81 ac, $39,900, MLS#569729    
Lake Lots
Lake Sheila .43 ac lot, $32,000 MLS#554607
REDUCED! Lake Sheila Lake Front, .24 acres, $65,000, MLS#510462
PENDING! Lake Sheila, 1 ac, winter view of lake, creek, septic installed, water tap installed
$70,000, MLS#484526
Lake Hosea, .34 ac MLS#558685 $25,000
Dun Roamin', Lot 1, .77 ac, lakefront, $49,000 MLS#518705
6 ac with pond, close to town, MLS#543247, $118,000
2.35 Ac, Views at Macedonia Lake,  
MLS#584676, $76,126 
Saluda City Lots
1.74 ac on Henderson St., MLS#569914, $90,000  
.56 ac, MLS#580811, $25,000
NEW!.23 ac, MLS#591373, $60,000

 Piney Mountain 
NEW!3.07 ac, MLS#589931, $38,000

NEW!1.65 Ac views,adj NC Gamelands, $28,000, MLS#584643 
NEW!1.46 ac, MLS#585785, $48,000 

View Lots 
5 ac, View, MLS#3123117$59,500
2.07 ac on Laurel Mountain Trail, MLS#558806 $80,000
REDUCED! See all the way to the ocean! 3 ac, MLS#561322 $69,000
.87 ac, level and rolling, MLS#566466, $38,400
2.69 ac view lot, $40,000, MLS#578015  
NEW!1 ac in Glen Echo, Winter views, MLS#587188, $26,000
NEW!2.01 ac, MLS#593461, $21,000
NEW!4.89 ac. MLS#588641, $42,000 
6+ ac on Green River, Silver Creek Tubing, MLS#572171, #175,000
 51.83 ac unrestricted land, $259,900, MLS#567003
19 ac Green River Cove, river front, $104,500, MLS#559424
5.77 ac, bold stream, natural development, MLS#556067 $114,000
1.48 ac in Whites Lake, Awesome Views, backs up to NC Wildlife, MLS#528152, $39,900
8.24 ac off Mountain Page Rd., well installed, MLS#520849, $70,000
5 ac on Valhalla Ridge, Views, MLS#568404, $57,000 
Dun Roamin' Lot 7, 1 ac, $72,500, MLS#476202
The Woods at Howard Gap, 1.6 ac, $45,000, MLS#454553
11 ac., private, wooded, $125,000, MLS#534045
9 ac, private, $113,900, MLS#509693
 5.84 ac, Little Warrior Estates, $69,000, MLS#454691
6.01 ac, pond, $125,000, MLS#543247
1.01 ac, Whites Lake, easy building site, $45,000, MLS#563106
2 ac, Winfield Cove, $40,000, MLS#545653  
Miller Mountain 3 ac, MLS#560929 $39,000
.55 ac, MLS#563859 $20,000
.51 ac, MLS#563860 $19,500
.48 ac MLS#563861, $19,500
Unrestricted 8.7 ac, MLS#562901 $84,667
8.7 ac with winter views, MLS#562901, $84,667
20.77 ac, MLS#588437, $149,900

 Other Areas
3.25 ac, Views, Hogback Mountain Rd, Tryon, MLS#519772, $29,500
1.04 ac, White Oak Mountain, MLS#426297, $15,000
5.39 ac on upper Green River, riverfront, MLS#570283, $260,000 
Looking for a Spring/Summer Vacation Retreat?
  Click here to download this list of referral properties.
 (Please contact property owners directly.) 
Links to Real Estate Sources

Saluda Real Estate Market

A Quick Saluda Market Update

(compares last year's sales with the same period this year as of January 31, 2016). 


Sales              Closed   Pending 

Homes 2016       4          6               

Homes 2015       0          0       


Land 2016          0          0                              

Land 2015          0          0  


Click here to see a new Real Estate Trend Report for Saluda.

Click here to see a 2015 Year End/2016 Forecasts Marketing Report of Western NC by Beverly-Hanks. 


Data taken from Western NC multiple listing service.


Please visit Beverly-Hanks Saluda to see all Saluda Featured Home and Land Listings and search the entire Western NC MLS.


Saluda Service Directory
Community Calendar of Events
To see all the events and activities in Saluda in one view, please click on this link to access a Google Calendar. 

Google Calendar

Dates to Remember
Saluda Business Association meets Tuesday, February 2 at 5:30 at the meeting room in the Saluda Library.
Saluda Community Land Trust meets Wednesday, February 3 at 3pm at Saluda Presbyterian Church office.
Town Council meets the second Monday of the month at 7:00pm in the meeting room above the Saluda Library.

Saluda Downtown Foundation
2nd Tuesday
 at 5:30pm at the Saluda Library.  
The Historic Saluda Committee will meet February 12 at 2pm at Saluda Library.  
Women's Club will meet Tuesday, February 9 at 10 am at the Presbyterian Church on Carolina Street.

Saluda Garden Club meets Monday, February 15 at 10am at Saluda Library.

Saluda Train Tales, Saluda Historic Depot, February 19, 6:30pm.
Saluda Center Potluck and Bingo, Monday, February 29 at 6pm. Everyone welcomed.
The Saluda branch of Tree City USA meets at 5:30pm on 4th Thursday of the month in the Saluda Community Library.
Saluda Welcome Table, every Tuesday, with dinner served from 5:30 to 7PM in the fellowship hall of Saluda United Methodist Church.  All are welcomed. Donations accepted.  
Al-Anon Family Group meets every Tuesday, 6:30pm at the Saluda Center, 64 Greenville St.  
Polk County Extension Club  
The Polk County Extension Club, an extension of NC State University, meets at 2:00pm the fourth Tuesday of each month. Join us for interesting and educational programs and activities. We welcome new members.  If interested, contact Wilda Corley 828-702-9691 or Nancy Johnson 828-749-9664 for additional information.

CityCity Notes

 Help Pave Pace Park
You can have the life or memory of a loved one immortalized or have your name engraved on a brick paver at Pace Park as a recognition as a contributor to this new community park.  This park is in the alley by M.A. Pace General Store and is the location of a Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Interpretation Sign and future public restrooms.

$40 each, payable to City of Saluda, three lines of copy with a maximum of 14 letters per line.  Download an application here.
Drop off applications and payment to City Hall or mail to City of Saluda, 6 Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773.  Proceeds will go toward building public restrooms. 
For any additional information, please contact Catherine Ross at 828-749-3534 or  

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Stay Informed - Get on a List!
Stay informed by visiting the city website, Minutes from previous month's town council meetings are posted on this site. To receive monthly notices about town meetings, please email and ask to be placed on the email list.
Brown Bag
Where There Is A Need, There Is A Way!
Brown Bags Available February 19, 3pm to 4pm at Transfiguration Church. 
The supplemental bags of groceries provided by Transfiguration contain two boxes of mac & cheese, a large can of beef stew or chicken, a medium sized jar of peanut butter, one container of Parmalat milk or juice, a large can of baked beans, a loaf of bread (donated by the Wildflower bakery each month) and fresh fruit or produce. The Brown Bags are given out the third Friday of each month from 3:00-4:00 pm in the Transfiguration parking lot just above the rear of Saluda School and Henderson Street. Transfiguration also delivers to anyone who has transportation problems and cannot get to the church parking lot.
Anyone with questions or with information concerning someone in need, please contact Bill Sutton at 404-538-6413 or the Transfiguration Church office at 828-749-9740.

Saluda Historic Depot News

It has been a great year since we began our journey last year at this same time to save the Depot and create a museum for the Saluda Community. Many of you have supported us and we have more work to do in 2016. We are proud to announce that with your help we have raised $70,000 by the end of 2015.
Much more needs to be done. This month we are asking for your support on designing our Museum. Please attend our open forum on February 12 and lets us hear from you. Many of you have lived in Saluda longer than the board members, and we need to make sure we include as much as possible of Saluda's heritage and history for our community.
We are also planning to launch a Corporate Sponsorship Campaign for 2016, writing and submitting grants, planning a Golf Tournament at Brights Creek on April 18, holding monthly Art Exhibits and Saluda Train Tales, and planning a special event for our students at Saluda School. We have had many Saludians to volunteer their time at the depot and we plan to keep it open more this year including Monday's if possible. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact our board members or Anita Moore. Anita is at the depot on Sunday afternoon and has supported and has helped coordinate our volunteers at the depot. We have a very special surprise for the depot that we will release once all the details are confirmed.
We would like to thank everyone who came to the film premier on the life of native Saludian and historian, Dr. George Jones last month. With standing room only, we showed the film twice and have asked for a copy to keep at the depot to show.
A special thanks to our Board Members, who have worked hard and given much of their time, energy, and financial support to accomplish this mission. Our current Board Members are: Cathy Jackson, Bruce Hunt, Corrine Gerwe, Carolyn Ashburn, Cindy Tuttle, Kay Garell, Mary Meyland-Mason, and Mark Ray.

Thanks to all of you and Full Steam Ahead for 2016.
By Judy Ward, Chair

Museum Ideas and Design Open Forum, February 12, 5:30-7:30pm.

In collaboration with the Saluda Historic Committee, we are hosting an open forum to get the public's ideas on how to design the Saluda Historic Museum. This forum is scheduled for February 12, 5:30-7:30 at the Saluda Historic Depot.

Please continue to support our Saluda Historic Depot as we plan with the Historic Saluda Committee to design our museum to open in spring of 2016.
Donations can be made by mailing to Saluda Historic Depot, PO Box 990, Saluda, NC 28773 or through Paypal on the website. Click here.

When online shopping, we invite you to shop at and selecting Saluda Historic Depot as your favorite charity. A small percentage of all your purchases will go toward our fundraising. To learn more about SmileAmazon, please click here.

The Saluda Historic Depot is on winter hours and will return to regular hours in March.  Thursday through Sunday from 12pm to 4pm.

Volunteers Who May Have An Interest
If you would like to volunteer to cover the museum hours, please email
More information, details, and photos can be found at, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube. 

Saluda Historic Depot Calendar
February 12, 5:30pm - Public Forum on "Museum Ideas."
February 19, 6:30pm - Ray Rapp, "How the West Was Won: Trains and Transformation of Western NC."

Members of the Saluda Historic Depot Board visited the Mars Hill University Rural Heritage Museum and had a guided tour by its director, Les Reker, and Ray Rapp, the curator of the exhibit, How the West Was Won, an exhibit about  the history of  Western NC Railroad.
Pictured are (left to right) Mark Ray, Cathy Jackson, Kay Garell , Judy Ward, Bruce Hunt and Carolyn Ashburn. 
Be a Saluda Historic Depot Champion

Go for gold, silver, or bronze as a recognized corporate champion of The Saluda Historic Depot.
Follow the example of railroader Captain Charles Pearson and guarantee a place in Saluda history for you and your business. In 1878, Pearson accepted the challenge of what many thought was an insurmountable task. But this chief engineer had vision, faith in the goal, and a commitment to succeed. In less than a year, his brave crew had hammered steel rails up the steep and treacherous side of Melrose Mountain to crest at 2,097 feet and today's getaway town of Saluda, NC.
The rails in downtown are now forever still and silent but the railroad depot stirs with activity, with the energy of those working to preserve the history in the walls around them. We ask you and your company to share the vision and to be part of the action. While long on history, however, The Depot is short on funds. Preservation needs donation. Click here to download the Corporate Sponsorship Package and opportunities for participating.
Saluda Center News and Events
New Senior Center
Save These Dates Now!
All events and activities take place at the Saluda Center on Greenville Street.  Click here to download the Saluda Center February calendar.  For more information about activities or to find out how to rent the Saluda Center, please contact the center at 828-749-9245. 

The Saluda Center Book Club will meet on February 4 at 2 pm at the Saluda Center.  The book for discussion is One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus. Please join us.
One Thousand White Women is the story of May Dodd and a colorful assembly of pioneer women who, under the auspices of the U.S. government, travel to the western prairies in 1875 to intermarry among the Cheyenne Indians. The covert and controversial "Brides for Indians" program, launched by the administration of Ulysses S. Grant, is intended to help assimilate the Indians into the white man's world. Toward that end May and her friends embark upon the adventure of their lifetime. Jim Fergus has so vividly depicted the American West that it is as if these diaries are a capsule in time.
Social Singles of Saluda will have their potluck dinner on Thurs., Feb. 18 at 5pm. All single men and women over the age of 40 up to 90+ are invited to join us. No need to RSVP. All we ask is that you bring a dish for us all to enjoy, plus a $1 donation for the use of the Saluda Center. Call Anita Ogden Moore at 828-749-3335 for more information.
Community potluck and bingo, Mon., Feb. 29 at 6:00 pm. Plan to attend and bring a covered dish.
Medicare assistance is available by appointment with a trained SHIIP volunteer, Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program, a division of the Department of Insurance, call 828-749-9245. 
There is medical loan equipment available; please call Donna to see if we have what you need. 

A Thrifty barn basement sales is open every Saturday from 10:00 am-1:00 pm and every Wednesday from 10:00 am-4:00 pm. Donations are accepted.   
A Thrifty Barn is ready for the cold weather with winter clothing and great prices. The Barn also has a large inventory of seasonal items at bargain prices.   An expanded gently used book section, now the Barn's Book Nook, features great reading material and a comfy chair for perusing the books. Come check us out Wednesday through Saturday from 10-4, right behind the Saluda Center on Greenville Street. All proceeds support the Saluda Center.
To volunteer, please call the new number 828-393-7891. 
If you are home-bound and cannot prepare meals, if you know of someone who needs meals brought to them, or if you are recovering from recent surgery and are 60 years and over, please call the Saluda Center to join our Meals on Wheels Program. We will deliver meals to you five days a week at little to no cost. Ask for Donna for more information at 828-749-9245.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer substitute driver for the Meals on Wheels program, please contact Donna at 828-749-9245. This would require approximately 1-1 1/2 hours of your time when needed.
Please refer to the Saluda Center calendar for all regularly scheduled activities. There is no membership fee.
If you would like to receive the Saluda Center calendar via email, please contact Donna at to be added to our email list.   
The Saluda Center is located at 64 Greenville St. Phone is 828-749-9245. 
Robinson Community Garden Signups
Robinson Garden A Robinson Community Garden organizational meeting and signup for plots will be held at the Saluda Library at 6pm on Thursday, February 4. Use the door at the side of the Library and go upstairs to the Community room. The garden season is March 1 through November 30. The rental plots are approximately 20' by 20' and cost is $30. 20 foot rows are also available for rent cost at $5.
For any questions, please contact Dave or Marilyn Prudhomme at 828-749-9172 or email at

Saluda Community Land Trust
SmileAmazon is Serving our Land Trust
When you shop at AmazonSmile, which is just like shopping Amazon, just type in One half of one percent of the purchase price goes to the Saluda Community Land Trust! This can really add up! Bookmark this link and help support SCLT every time you shop.
"Seek and Find"
Thursday afternoons are "Seek and Find" days, aka "Getting to Know Your Neighborhood" days.
Beginning on Thursday February 4, 2016 at 1pm and continuing every Thursday that weather permits, a group of nature loving Saluda Community Land Trust (SCLT) members will leave the Saluda Library parking lot to go see properties owned and/or leased by SCLT. The purpose of these afternoons in the woods is to show folks what they (as land trust members) own, check the trails to see if work is needed, find boundaries, mark property lines and figure out where to locate new trails.
SCLT owns or leases 13 properties in the Saluda area, ranging in size from 1 acre to 55 acres.  And, they are all beautiful. We'll go out every Thursday through May, getting to know these properties and any new ones that may become available.
Come join us. We promise to be back at the Saluda Library parking lot by 4pm.

Annual Meeting 2016
Mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 13 for SCLT's annual meeting. Doug Elliot,  naturalist, will be our speaker for an evening of food, fun and information. As always, our annual meeting will be enjoyable for the whole family.

Walks in the Woods
Our walks in the woods are gearing up for a March kick off. We will plan our walks and post them each month.
Judd's Peak and Twin Lakes
Please keep SCLT in mind when planning events in the coming year. SCLT has Twin Lakes and Judd's Peak available to rent, both amazing venues for birthdays, weddings, and other special events.Contact our office 828-749-1560 or for availability.
Please join us at our next monthly board meeting on Wednesday, February 3 at 3:00pm. Our meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at our office at the Saluda
Presbyterian Church fellowship building and we welcome anyone interested.
Be sure to check out our updated website We look forward to your comments and suggestions
Saluda's Tree City, USA and Tree Preservation Association
Checklist for Planting a Tree:
  • Location - determine species' need for sun or shade. Be sure to avoid overhead power lines or underground utilities.
  • Size - for safety, small species are best for close proximity to structures. Allow for increasing growth as it matures.
  • Packaged materials - move all materials such as burlap wraps, wires or pots when planting. Roots must be allowed to spread. Do not crowd.
  • Soil - loams are best for growth with optimal percentages of sand, clay and organic matter. Soil test kits may be available through local Cooperative Extension offices to determine pH balance (acidity or alkalinity).
  • Depth - do not bury bare roots too deeply when planting. The hole should be filled after the seedling is placed inside, only to the level where the root system begins to spread away from the trunk. Soil should be removed from the ball if it is above the root flare. Planting too deeply must be avoided for both home landscaping and urban forestry. The hole should be twice as wide and the same depth as the trees' container.
  • Care- when planting, the root ball should rest on a naturally bermed base. Sides around the hole should be soft enough to allow roots to penetrate the soil. Water immediately. Mulch frequently using bark or wood chips.
  • Season to plant- avoid hot weather. Plant in colder months when the root system can adapt, spread and strengthen before the spring months.
Info compiled from back issues of Arbor Day Foundation newsletter and other published materials.

Saluda Garden Club
spring park
You don't have to have a green thumb, know the names of flowers or even have a garden to enjoy the camaraderie, inspiration and education/information that the Saluda Garden Club provides. The public is always welcome to attend any of our events.
Our next meeting will be held at the Saluda Public Library at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, February 15. Tom Tribble with the Audubon Society will give us tips on how to attract our flying friends in his presentation on Bird Friendly Gardening. Who knows, you just might learn why the blue birds stopped coming around.   Please note that some events may be cancelled or rescheduled. We try to give advance notice but inclement weather or scheduling difficulties may occur. You may confirm meetings and events with Karen McGee at 828-749-2530.
If you are thinking about joining or would like to attend meetings or special events, please contact Karen McGee at 749-2530. We would love to hear from you.
By the way, did you know the Saluda Garden Club maintains the lovely Spring Park Garden throughout the year? Be sure to stop by and see the plantings throughout the growing seasons.
Yoga Class Schedules

Cassandra Nelson, LMBT
Health and Wellness at the Saluda Center
Gentle Yin Yoga 
Wednesday 12:30pm
Friday         9:30am
Powerful (Vinyasa) Flow Yoga
Friday 8:00am
Classes are held in the studio downstairs at the Saluda Center.Mats and props are available. Please come at least 5 minutes early.Questions are always welcome! Please call Cassandra at (828) 749-3794.
Aikido (the art of peace or the way of harmony) is a Japanese martial art that does not rely on physical size or strength, kicking or punching. Instead, we use flowing circular movements which enable the defender to off-balance and neutralize an attack with minimal effort or bodily harm to the defender or the attacker.
Mondays and Wednesdays 6:00 pm downstairs at the Saluda Center.
Contact Ken Gardner (864)275-4441, Danny Beck (843)697-0047 or Cassandra (828)749-3794 for any questions you may have.
Also available are relaxing, healing massages in the comfort of your own home. My portable table can go almost anywhere! Please call at least a few days in advance to schedule a session.
Questions are always welcome! Please call Cassandra at (828)749-3794.
Click here for directions. 64 Greenville, St.

Tribal Bellydance
Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00 PM
Beginner & Intermediate, no prior experience necessary, wear yoga style clothing.

Tribal Bellydance is an American hybrid improvisational style blending many ancient dance traditions into a fusion of traditional Middle Eastern dance with folkloric dance movements from India, Central Asia, North Africa, and Spain. It is a multi-generational group of women dancing in unison with no pre-set choreography using a lead and follow vocabulary of moves and cues, a form of non-verbal communication. The ethnically inspired costumes allow us to re-visit that childlike joy of playing dress-ups. Earthy and grounded, it is about women dancing as a tribe for the pure joy of it, invoking an ancient Muse.

Classes held at the Saluda Center, downstairs yoga studio, 64 Greenville Street.
For more information: Rima 828-894-2242,

Women's Club of Saluda
The Women's Club of Saluda will hold its meeting on Tuesday, February 9 at 10:00am at the Saluda Presbyterian Church on Carolina Street.  Judy Ward will provide the program and bring us all up to date with what is happening at the Saluda Historic Depot.  All interested ladies are cordially invited to attend. For more information, please call 828-808-2439.
The Women's Club of Saluda strives to serve our community, support one another in friendship, and wisely use our resources to advance the dreams of our future leaders.
Saluda Community Choir
Sing in the Saluda Community Choir!
Monday's, 7pm - 8:30pm at Old St. Matthews Church.

Be brave, even if you claim that you can't sing, come connect and have fun!

For more information, please contact Patricia, the director at 828-424-0017.

Located off W Main Street, past the Saluda Tailgate parking lot. 

Saluda Elementary School
  Joe Adams
Saluda Elementary School Events 
I am so excited about the possibilities for student assistance in our After School Academy with the new C4C (Communities for Children) partnership! Our pilot program will begin on February 8, so check back in March for an update on how adult community members are giving of their time to support children at our school. I continue to be amazed at the extraordinary commitment of this community to help make Saluda Elementary School one of the best schools in the state! Thank you all for your support!
Visit to find out more about the wonderful learning opportunities students experience daily in Polk County Schools.
February Events at Saluda Elementary School
Feb. 1 New K-2 and 3-5 Literacy Groups begin today
Feb. 1 School Board Meeting 6:30pm @ Stearns
Feb. 8 C4C (Communities for Children) volunteers & presenters will begin working with ASA.
Feb. 8-12 School Bus Driver Appreciation Week
Feb. 9 Interim Reports (Date may change with additional school closings)
Feb. 19 Box Tops Collection Day
Feb. 22 Assembly: African Folktales
Feb. 22 5th Grade Muddy Sneakers Expedition
Feb. 25 Literacy Spirit Night at Blue Ridge Mall
Feb. 26 End of 4th Six Weeks of School (Date may change with additional school closings)
Feb. 26 Dentist Richard Reid will present dental health lessons in PreK-5 classrooms.
Feb. 29 Required Teacher Workday (May become a snow make up day)

Please keep an eye out for the hot pink Box Tops that are on many food products and send them to our school. Our school receives $0.10 for each Box Top that is collected and submitted.  This money is used to purchase books for the Books Are Really Fun program, where every student in the school gets to choose and keep 3-5 free books each year! 

Visit Saluda School for additional school news.     
Principal, Ronette Dill   
Located at 214 East Main St.,  Saluda, NC 28773 
Remember to keep Saluda kids safe, please do not enter school premises or grounds while school is in session.
Saluda Community Library
Paul Koenen
Saluda Community Library

Teen Scene in February 
Themed crafts and games!
Thursdays at 4pm, Grades 6-12
4: Nintendo Wii U
11: Anti-Valentine's Party
18: Nintendo Wii U
25: Crafternoon Fun
44 W. Main Street
Saluda, NC 28773
Tel. (828) 749-2117
Mon.-Fri. 9am - 6pm
Sat. 9am - 1pm
Saluda Church Services & Events

Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration 
The Reverend Augusta Anne Anderson, rector 
8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist - Rite I 9:15 a.m. - Adult Forum
10:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist - Rite II with music.
Check their website for more programs and schedule changes. Transfiguration
Church of the Transfiguration - a bible study class is held each Tuesday morning, 11:00-12:00 and is open to the Saluda community - 72 Charles Street (behind the school).   Come and join us! 
Saluda Presbyterian
Adult SS 10:00 am
Worship Service 11:00 am
Saluda First Baptist Church
Reverend Tony Reese
Sunday School 9:45am
Worship Service 11am
Wednesday Fellowship Meal 5:15
Wednesday Bible Study and Youth Group 6:30pm
Saluda Methodist Church
The Reverend Rob Parsons
SS 10:00 am
Worship Service 11:00 am

Stone Soup Worship Service, Sunday at 4:00 pm - This is an "alternative" Christian service/discussion for all-comers: new to church, dislocated from church, or other. Please join us. Contact Rob Parsons for information at 828-749-1783 or email to

Saluda Post Office Hours

US Post Office Store Hours

Mon-Fri 9:00am-1:00pm and 3:00pm-4:30pm

Sat 9:30am-11:00am Sun closed


Passport Service is available at the Saluda post office.


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102 E MAIN ST SALUDA, NC 28773-7812 

(828) 749-5921


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Saluda Classifieds

For Sale - Saluda United Methodist Church is selling a Lowrey Genius, Digital Stereo Rhythm Gx Organ. If Interested, please call 828-749-3789.

In Gratitude Bed & Breakfast
Repose for Body and Soul - Accommodations and Retreats, 635 Louisiana Avenue, Saluda, NC 28773. Classic 1900 cottage with separate retreat cabin. Secluded, set back in the woods, on 2 acres of land. Only a ten minute walk to downtown. Accommodations for 6 in cottage: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, living area, kitchen, dining room, screen porch. Retreat cabin for one set apart from cottage with kitchen, deck overlooking the woods and separate meditation room. For reservations and additional information please contact:
Ben Coonrod at 803-378-8760

Bookkeeping Services

Timely and accurate bookkeeping services for your unique business needs. Call Debbie Hahn for more information 828-749-3388 .

Private Guitar, Voice And Violin Lessons
I come to you. Retired from church music ministry. 20 yrs teaching private music lessons. Proud, new Saludian resident. Call Rob Herbst at 828-489-1592 or email

Number of Beauty Shops in Tryon:  8
Number of Beauty Shops in Columbus: 8
Number of Beauty Shops in Saluda: 0
Beautiful shop space, ready for the only beauty shop in town!  Special offer for the first three months.  Call Debi 828-749-9224. 

Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
Relaxing, healing massages are available in the comfort of your own home, rental cabin or at your favorite B&B. My portable table can go almost anywhere! Advanced scheduling is recommended. 14 years of experience. Cassandra Nelson, Lic#7386, (828)749-3794.
Piano Lessons with Patricia!
Experienced International Music Educator-MA-- All ages/ levels. Call Patricia Roskens at 828-424-0017 or email
Art Studio for Rent in Saluda
Space available for potters, sculptors, painters, jewelers, bead/fabric artists, writers, etc. Great atmosphere, affordable rent, flexible lease, large and small work spaces available. Call Ruth at 828-749-9718
Office space available. 
Beautiful, quiet location right off Main St below Wildflour Bakery.  Private bathroom, entrance and two rooms.  Approx 530 sq.ft., $310 monthly includes water, sewage and trash pickup.  Not for residential use. 828-749-9224 (Ask for Debi or leave a message.) 

Saluda Pet Sitter.  Three years experience, responsible, references available. Will come to your home up to three times a day, feed, exercise and general care of your pet. Experience in dogs, cats, and even goats! Call Lance at 828-284-4811 or 828-284-5660.

House Sitting & Animal Care
Take your vacations without the guilt and worry. I am familiar with a variety of animals and houses. I will do my best to be available for emergencies due to family, flights, or other unforeseen doings! References are available upon request. Contact Cassandra at (828) 749-3794.
Piano lessons by experienced teacher.
Ages 4-Senior Adult.  Beginner - Advanced.  I have over 30 years experience and have excellent references. Please call Stephen Stone at 828-273-4209 or email for more information.
Need your piano tuned?
References available. 
All work comes with a money back guarantee! Call Stephen Stone at 828-273-4209 or email:
to make an appointment.


Saluda Lifestyles expresses heartfelt sympathy to Saluda friends and families who have lost loved ones.

William Gerald Thomsen, 60, of Saluda, NC, died Saturday, January 16, 2016.

Nancy Thompson Proctor passed away on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. Born in Saluda in 1933, she was the sister to Clark Thompson.

Dr Jerry Russell passed away January 21, 2016. A native of Saluda, Dr Russell held eight master degrees and two Doctorates and was a principal of Saluda School. He led the effort in receiving a land grant from the city of Saluda to place a Veteran's Memorial Monument. Click here to see April, 2011 issue of Saluda Lifestyles when "Doc" was featured in Saluda Faces.
What's All the Talk About?
The weather, of course! While spring-like weather dominated this year's winter in Saluda, it took a 360
° turn when a snow storm to rival the blizzard of 1993 hit Saluda in January.   Forewarned by media forecasters, Saludians filled pantries, stocked up the wood pile, lined up who would plow out their driveways, cooked up
winter comfort foods like chili, soups, casseroles and baked lots of sweet desserts, and finally got out their heavy winter wear. 
After two days of snow, sleet, ice and lots of fierce wind, it all passed through the night leaving behind a gloriously cerulean day for fun in the snow and digging out. Looking for relief from cabin fever, a  group of families organized and gathered at McCreery Park and put the discarded railroad tracks to good use building a 10' snow igloo on the tracks.

The afternoon sun cast long shadows across the drifting white snow piled up as much as 14 inches in some places. Saludians rejoiced that no power was lost and took consolation that the storm didn't surpass the blizzard of 1993, and the storm passed leaving the town with lots of photo opportunities.

Look for the Saluda heart to plan your romantic weekend in Saluda for Valentine's.

Saluda Evening Snow streetscape by photographer, Chad Blotner.  
What's Happening in Music and Art

What's Happening at the Purple Onion in February
Oyster & Pint Nights
Every Monday and Tuesday we feature oysters on the half shell, raw or roasted and $3 pints.
Valentine's Weekend
Originally a liturgical celebration of early Christian saints, St Valentine's Day became associated with courtly love in the Middle Ages and for several centuries has been the day set aside to offer expressions of love to our beloved. For obvious reasons, Valentine's Day is a significantly more important occasion to some of us than others. It's okay. Here at the Onion, we have a perfect weekend planned whether you have a valentine or just love good food and live music.
Champagne, oysters and chocolate will be plentiful and all three nights we feature fabulous live music. Fred will provide a romantic evening of jazz and blues on piano Friday night, but if you are single and have a hankering for beer and some of the sweet briny oysters we've been enjoying this winter, come on in, take a seat at the bar and enjoy the camaraderie. Saturday night Letters to Abigail returns and to wrap up the weekend we are delighted to welcome back Mac Arnold and Plate Full o' Blues as part of our Purple Onion Sunday Evening Music series. Please note that doors will open for this show at 5 PM to give everyone sufficient time to get a bite to eat before the show.
Mac Arnold's first band included James Brown on piano. Mac moved to Chicago and Muddy Waters hired him on the spot. He toured and recorded with the Muddy Waters Band and recorded LPs with Otis Spann and John Lee Hooker. Mac moved to Los Angeles and produced Soul Train with his friend Don Cornelius. He even played bass on the Sanford & Son television show when he wasn't playing bass for Otis Redding and B.B. King. He retired from show business to be an organic farmer. Mac is back with his own band and now a third CD, building a new foundation in blues, soul and funk.

Admission is $15 per person in advance, $20 at the door and seating is limited. The performance starts at 7 PM. The doors open at 5 PM with a limited menu available prior to the concert and beverages and desserts served throughout the evening. Reservations can be made by calling the Purple Onion Café at 828-749-1179.

Italian Wine Dinner on Tuesday,
February 23 at 6:30 
Tasting price is $49 and includes several hors d'oeuvres, small plates and cheeses chosen to pair well with the selected wines.Reservations can be made by calling the Purple Onion at 749-1179.

Wine Tasting with Thomas Meunier from Authentique Vin Tuesday, March 15 @ 6:30pm  Tasting price is $49 and includes several hors d'oeuvres, small plates and cheeses chosen to pair well with the selected wines. Reservations can be made by calling the Purple Onion at 749-1179.
Live Music in February                   
Every Friday at 7:00 Fred Whiskin on piano playing blues to Brubeck.
February 4 - Chuck Brodsky
Wonderful story songs with depth and humor.
Blusey modern folk songs from this band.
A pleasure to welcome this old friend back.
February 13 -  Letters to Abigail
Classic country with an Appalachian flavor.
It has been too long since we last heard from him.
February 20 - Shana Blake Band
High-energy blues and Americana music.
February 21 - Mac Arnold & Plate Full O'Blues - See Below
February 25 - Mark Stuart
Storytelling, flashy "guitar chops" and songs from his rock, blues, country and folk roots.
February 27 - Dogwhistle
Local band fast becoming one of our favorites.

Music is scheduled by Robert Seiler.

The Purple Onion is located at 16 Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773. 828-749-1179 Click here for directions. Like us on Facebook 

New Hours: 
Monday-Friday: 4-11pm
Saturday and Sunday Noon-11pm
GRB will be hosting a Super Bowl Sunday party potluck style on Sunday, February 7, so bring a dish to share! There will be beer specials, and stay updated on Facebook. 

Click here to see the Green River Brew Depot February Calendar.

*The Green River Brew Depot is a private bar that requires a membership. Half Pint memberships are $5 and Full Pint memberships are $10 annually. Stop in the Depot today to find out more about what your membership will include!
See more about new owner, Melissa Parton below.

Green River Brew Depot is located at 26 Church Street. 
Music on Friday Nights
Music is perfect to enjoy while dining, and it keeps even the youngest enthralled! It makes us dance, inspires us to learn and just to be the best that we can be. Thank you friends for Friday night Old Timey Music! Music starts @ 7...See you there!
We are open: Tuesday thru Saturday, 11-3, lunch; Wednesday thru Saturday, 5-9, dinner; "Music on Friday Nights" at 7pm; Sunday 11-7.  
Visit us on the web at or on Facebook.
Call 828-749-5854 or email us at  Located at 40 East Main Street. Like us on Facebook
Painting In The Studio/ Brushwork Boot Camp
Jim Carson's January workshop, titled "Painting in the Studio/ Brushwork Boot Camp," had to be cancelled because of snow. Jim has rescheduled it for Thursday - Saturday, February 4-6.

Although the January workshop was full, with a waiting list, some of the students will not be able to change to the new date, so there are opportunities for additional students.

This indoor painting workshop will provide a superior learning and teaching environment for students to grasp the basic fundamentals of contemporary impressionist painting.

The workshop will concentrate on values, design, and temperature variety, all while simplifying the painting approach to achieve spontaneous and bold brushwork.

Students will paint from photo references and/or still life set ups in the studio. There will be lots of one on one easel time, demonstrations by Jim on Thursday and Friday, and a general critique of the day's work at the end of each day.

The workshop price, $350, includes lunch each day at The Saluda Grade Café.

The workshop is open to all levels, from beginners to advanced. A list of paint selections, brushes, etc. will be furnished after registration.

For more information, and/or to get on the waiting list, visit the "news/ workshop" link at Jim Carson. You may also contact Jim at 828-749-3702,

"Working Large without Fear"  Painting Workshop: Feb 18-20, 2016 
"Working Large" is a three day studio class with a fun and intensive exploration of handling a large canvas. Painters are encouraged to leave the "comfort zone" and work larger than their customary sizes. Learning how to select compositions that "work" for large scale paintings, we will create them without letting the bigger format intimidate! 
Painters will be working in their choice of oil, acrylic or watercolor with daily demonstrations and "one to one" instruction. Also included is a "Get Acquainted" party on the evening of the 17th. 
For more information on this or other workshops in 2016, or to register, please visit or email Early registration is encouraged as this workshop is limited in size and fills quickly!

dancersextension The Dancer's Extension
Students at The Dancer's Extension have started to build choreography for the annual Spring Concert, scheduled in conjunction with the Saluda Arts Festival on Saturday, May 21.  We have quite a variety of ages, styles and themes this year, so be sure to mark your calendars for our Spring Concert!
We also want to wish our senior student, Ashley Keener, best of luck at her dance scholarship auditions at Columbia College on Saturday, February 13.  Break a leg, Ashley!
Adult beginner ballet continues each Monday at 6PM.  No experience or special shoes necessary.  All you need for adult beginner ballet is the desire to move and stretch, and build balance and strength.  We have a great time each Monday evening, and you are invited to join us!

Our studio is located in Saluda, at I-26, in the Don Mintz center. Please contact the studio at 828-749-9398, email or visit our website at for more information and updated schedule.  Keep up-to-date with class changes on Like us on Facebook

Open Thursday through Saturday 10-5 in February. Yes, it's winter here at Random Arts but that's not stopping us from being creative with both our stylish clothing and our mixed media art journeys. 
Unique and artsy clothing will be arriving at the end of February and our buying trips near and far have inspired us with the latest and the greatest. We are very excited about all of the fabulously "cool" accessories and art supplies that we found on our shopping adventures and can't wait to share with each and every one of you.
ZenDoodle continues on Tues., Feb 2 from 10-Noon and then again on Tues., Feb. 26.
Regular full day workshops begin on March 3 with watercolor artist Miriam Hughes and March 11 you'll discover new and innovative ways to use acrylic paints with mixed media artist Jodi Ohl.
If weather permits we will be adding a few 2 hour collage and mixed workshops during the month of February. 
Tell us that you read about these workshops in Saluda Lifestyles and receive one, 2 hour workshop for FREE.
Please check our website or FaceBook page on a regular basis to find the updates on schedules, weather updates and new products.
Requests for special workshops or group events are always welcome.
You will find us slightly off Main Street @ Ozone & Louisiana 
Phone: 828-749-1165
Saluda Scoop

The latest news and the unusual offerings provided by Saluda shops, restaurants, accommodations, outdoor recreation, artists, craftspeople, and service providers.  
Heartfelt thanks to all of you who participated in our holiday ornament fundraiser for Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry. We sent them a check for $1,260 at the end of December to help them with the very important work they do assisting Polk County residents with food, heating and medical bills. This was the fourth year we have purchased and sold an ornament allocating the entire retail price to Outreach. We have come to love the tradition and love that you support it with your gift giving choices. We are already on the hunt for the 2016 hand crafted ornament. And thanks to all of you who participated in our annual January anniversary sale. We love that tradition also as it is a quiet and special time to connect with those of you who live, play and shop here in that cold dark month. It also gives us room to display the new work that will be coming in all through this year.
February brings some deeper reductions on ceramics and jewelry lines that we won't be continuing, and we have several sale corners. And of course, always plenty of uniquely beautiful gifts for that sweetest of celebrations that comes mid-month.

Heartwood Gallery, 21 East Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773, 828-749-9365  Visit our website.
Steamy Mug 
We would like to thank everyone that made our first month's opening possible here at Steamy Mug.
If you haven't made it in yet, we invite to stop by soon. We are open Tuesday - Sunday, closed Monday. We have six different coffees, eight herbal teas. We make a Chai Latte that you would die for. We also do Cappuccino Café Mochas, Espressos, Ice Coffee and the list goes on.
We also have lunch, soup, and pastries. Our soups are homemade every day. Our sandwiches are made fresh to order. Lunch under $10 you can't say no to that!

Stop in and say "Hi" to Beth and Amanda.
WIFI available.

For more information, please email to and keep up to date with their opening on Facebook.View on Instagram  
Crust & Kettle Eatery   
Watch for our new menu items and expanding hot bar for lunch! Returning in February  for Valentine's Monday night dinner. More desserts! And more shopping upstairs.

Open Monday-Saturday 7am-3pm
1487 Ozone Drive, Saluda, NC 28773
(828) 749-3503 
The Orchard Inn & Newman's Restaurant
The moment you walk through our front doors and enter our gracious living room the chill of winter melts away with the cozy warmth radiating from our stone fireplace and Scandinavian wood burning stove. Romance is in the air whether you're settling in for a stay in one of our luxurious guest rooms or coming for a fabulous meal at Newman's Fine Dining Restaurant. The views of the surrounding mountains are truly breathtaking this time of year and hiking our nature trail is a great way to start the day. Settle in by the fire with a good book from our vast library and enjoy a sumptuous glass of wine. Life is good.
We'll be serving a special Romantic Valentine's Day Dinner on both Saturday, February 13th and Sunday, February 14th. Chef Stuart will be preparing the following amazing 4-course meal:
First Course: Crab Roe Soup, Sherry Foam, Old Bay Cracker, Celery Leaf or Spinach & Arugula Salad, Toasted Pecans, Strawberries, Chocolate-Rye Croutons, Bleu Cheese, Chocolate Vinaigrette 
Second Course: Chef's Selection of Oysters on the Half Shell, Radish Mignonette, Green Tomato Cocktail Sauce or Smoked Trout Rillette, Oat & Pecan Crumble, Radish Salad, Truffle, Rose Oil or Pan Seared Pork Belly, Butternut Squash Panisse, Apple Chutney, Radish Salad 
Entrées: Grilled Filet Mignon, Yukon Potatoes au Gratin, Brussels Sprouts, Sautéed Mushrooms, Demi-Glace or Roasted Duck Breast, Duck Leg Ballotine, Parsnip Purée, Roasted Beets, Butternut Squash, Duck Jus or Pan Seared NC Striped Bass, Butternut Squash Spätzle, Celery Root Purée, Preserved Lemon, Sautéed Kale or Grilled Bone-in Pork Chop, Parsnip Purée, Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprouts, Demi-Glace 
Desserts: Chocolate Baked Alaska, Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Custard, Toasted Chocolate Meringue or Rose and Vanilla Bean Crème Brulée, Whipped Cream 
$65 per person plus tax and gratuity.
We also have a Valentine's Day Weekend Romance Package which includes the following:
  • A 2-night stay at The Orchard Inn in one of our upstairs rooms (you may upgrade to a romantic cottage for an additional amount)
  • Dinner for 2 at Newman's Restaurant either night
  • A complimentary glass of Champagne with dinner
  • Couple's massage
  • Chocolate-covered strawberries
  • A dozen roses
  • $755 - a $95 savings
For reservations call 828-749-5471. 
Visit the Orchard Inn at They are located on Highway 176, Saluda, NC. 
thompsonsHistoric Thompson's Store & Ward's Grill
and Historic Boarding House Venue

(Thompson's Store est. 1890, Ward's Grill est. 1960)
Thompson Store, Ward's Grill and the Boarding House Venue.

February at Thompson Store and Ward's Grill
Special Dates to remember this month and our specials for these occasions:
Super Bowl on the 7th: On the 6th come in and purchase Beer or Wine with Roots Hummus or Homemade Pimento Cheese along with Roots & Branches Crackers and receive 10% off.
Valentine Day on the 14th: On the 13th come in and choose 2 steaks of your choice, along with a Bottle of Wine and a small box of Van's Chocolates and receive 10% off.
Veteran's Breakfast on the 18th: All veterans receive a Free Breakfast in the Grill. Thank you for serving our country and protecting us.
President's Day on the 22nd: Purchase 5 lbs. of Ground Chuck, 5lbs. of Charlie's Sausage and one container of Sam's Chicken Salad and receive 10% off.
Remember every Tuesday is Thrifty Tuesday and all purchases over $25.00 receive 10% off.
We continue to ask you to shop local, eat local and support your community.

Our Boarding House Venue is scheduling events for 2016. We can entertain up to 200 people along with an excellent area for dancing upstairs or on the deck. Plan your next event with us. It is perfect for Birthday, Anniversary, Family Reunion or Wedding Reception. Call today and let us help you plan for this year.
Closed on Sunday till spring.
Historic Thompson Store, open Monday-Thursday, 8am to 5:30pm; Friday and Saturday, open to 6pm;
Ward's Grill, open Monday-Friday, 7am to 3pm, Saturday, 6:30am to 3pm.
The store and grill are located at 24 Main Street, Saluda, NC. Click here to visit the website.  Click here for directions. Phone is 828-749-2321.Like us on Facebook

Green River BBQ
Green River BBQ
Happy February!

Daily Specials Monday - Friday! Includes your choice of tea or coffee!
We make fresh homemade soups daily. We always have Brunswick Stew and Smokehouse Chili! We make one or two others daily that change.
Our Fresh Local Smoked trout has been a big seller. It comes as a dinner or as a smoked trout taco!
We continue to carry all local draft beers and this time of year we have many dark beers on tap...porters are a big favorite on cold day or evening. 
Tuesday we offer $2.00 off all drafts and wine by the glass and $4.00 off bottles of wine.  
As Football winds down...Go Panthers!...we will be carrying all the basketball games..March Madness will arrive soon!
Our Hours:
Monday's 11am-8PM
Tuesday-Saturday 11am-9pm 
Patio open late on Friday and Saturdays
Sunday's Noon-8pm   
Contact Green River BBQ at 828-749-9892 for takeout orders or visit them at Green River BBQ.  Visit their Facebook page to get extra daily coupons! Like us on Facebook 
Green River BBQ is located at 131 Highway 176 West. Click here for directions.    
Wildflour Bakery   
It is sometimes a bit quiet here at Wildflour this time of year, so know that we are very, very happy to see each and every smiling face coming in the door.  We are going to try keeping our full schedule this winter (unless Old Man Winter visits with ice or snow):  OPEN 8am - 3pm everyday except Tues.  Also open on Wed and Fri nights from 5 pm to 8 pm for PIZZA.  Come see us!   We will get your Valentine Day off to a perfectly lovely start with a special brunch menu for Sunday, February 14. (pastries at 9 am, brunch from 10 am - 3 pm) 

Monday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm & 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm for pizza  
Thursday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm for breakfast and lunch  &  
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm for pizza
Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
While you are checking out our Facebook page or website, you can sign up for our newsletter.  It's a great way to make sure you don't miss any of the specials and happenings at Wildflour.
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Wildflour Bake Shop  828-749-3356 
Wildflour Bakery  828-749-9224 
Check us out online at for daily specials or use the good ol' fashion way...828-749-3356.   Keep up with specials on Like us on Facebook
Meanwhile, Back in Saluda and
Meanwhile's Local Market Shop!  
We are looking forward to spring and summer!  Stop by and see the changes in the shop. New products arriving weekly.  Board games and puzzles will be available all day Wednesday.  Stop by, relax and enjoy a meal from Wildflour Bakery while playing a board game or working on a puzzle with friends and neighbors.   
Riddle for something coming in February:  What flies high as a kite, buzzes like a bee and has eyes like a hawk?  LIKE us on Facebook to find out the Answer.  
February Basic Hours:
*In case of ice/snow or extreme cold, we may open later or close early. Call to be sure we are here.*
Open 11 AM till 6:00  PM Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday
Open 11 AM till 8:00 PM Wednesday for Wildflour's Pizza Night
Open 11 AM till 8:00 PM Wednesday and Friday for Wildflour's Pizza Night
Open 11 AM till 5 PM Sunday

Shopping local is important year round but especially in winter! Shop in Saluda!

Meanwhile is located next to Wildflour Bake Shop and The Gardener's Cottage in Nostalgia Courtyard. 
171 East Main Street, Saluda, NC 
Wine Shop Phone:   828-749-9463
See us on Like us on Facebook.  
The Oaks Summertime The Oaks Bed & Breakfast
The Old English nursery rhyme (sort of) reads:
Three men in a tub,
And who do you think they be?
The butcher, the baker,
The candlestick-maker,
and all a short walk from me!
Saluda, for all its history and charm, features some completely unique businesses within walking distance from The Oaks Bed and Breakfast.
The Butcher- As your feet hit the antique hardwood floors in Thompson's Store, you'll feel like you've found a portal back in time. Proprietor Judy Ward will be happy to show you Thompson's classic meat display cabinet showcasing local, hand cut steaks, chicken, pork and Thompson's "famous" fresh-made Sage Sausage (as served at The Oaks Bed and Breakfast).
The Baker - The term "artisanal" truly describes what's happening at The Wildflower Bakery. Owner and master baker, Debi Thomas, stone grinds flour for each item she creates - breads, confections and pizza - giving Wildflower the most flavorful & nutritious bread on the market.
The Candlestick Maker - Melissa and Jason Smith brought their dream to Main Street, along with a talent for creating handmade soy candles and fragrant natural soaps. The Saluda Gem Mine Wicks and Wares took over an abandoned restaurant on Main Street and have a covered sluice box where visitors can spend an afternoon panning for minerals and gems.
The Innkeepers - Nine years ago Donna and Dale Potruski created a warm and inviting historic Victorian bed and breakfast, an easy walk to Main Street, Saluda. With their years of experience as three-time innkeepers, they welcome guests with a rich knowledge of the mountains and genuine flare for hospitality and cuisine.
Call now to make Valentines reservations and receive reduced prices and a "special" Valentines gift!
Contact us at or call 828-749-2000.
The Oaks Bed and Breakfast, 339 Greenville St., Saluda, NC,   828.749.2000,  
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MelissaMeet Melissa Parton
New Owner of Green River Brew Depot
Meet Melissa Parton, the new owner of the Green River Brew Depot here in Saluda! Melissa is a National Board Certified high school teacher, who also has her Master's Degree in Administration. She lives in Greenville, SC currently, but visits Saluda many nights during the week, and almost every weekend! Melissa has worked in the service industry since college and has deep rooted experience in the craft beer world and retail industry. Right out of college, she bought and managed a successful eclectic cafe called Sweet Meadow. Later, she owned and ran a craft/microbrew and wine establishment which also doubled as a thriving music venue in her community! She has also brewed her own beer and made her own wine before and sampled her finished product at many outdoor beer and wine festivals!
Melissa is an avid outdoor enthusiast as well! She is a certified L4 Kayak Instructor, CPR Certified and a Wilderness First Aid Responder. Melissa and her pup, Eddy, can be found hanging out at the Depot, hiking in the woods, or paddling down world class whitewater! (Yes Eddy tags along for these events as well, usually serving as gear watch pup.) Melissa is excited about the upcoming year and all the events she can offer to the community! The Depot will host many events each month that you can find on their Facebook page, or posted in the Depot, that will include live music, beer and wine tastings, Ladies and Fellas night out events, and much more! Stop by to meet Melissa and her staff while you are in town to say hello and give a big warm Saluda welcome! We are excited to have her here!

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Saluda Train Tales
"Silence on Saluda Grade"
"Silence on Saluda:  The Significance of America's Steepest Standard Gauge Rail Line" presented by Ray Rapp at the Saluda Historic Depot, February 19 at 6:30pm. The presentation will focus on the importance of Saluda's triumphs, tragedies and the long-term impact of the railroad section heralded as the "steepest standard gauge mainline grade in the United States."  Discussed will be the first train to crest the Blue Ridge Escarpment at Saluda in 1878, the tragic accidents that led to the installation of the safety tracks on the mountain in 1900, and the continuing influence of Saluda on construction of truck runaway ramps across the country.
Ray retired in 2009 as Dean of Adult and Graduate Studies (formerly Continuing Education Program) at Mars Hill University where he served from 1977 (32 years). Currently he serves as Consultant to the President of Mars Hill University and Adjunct Faculty Member in the Department of Political Science.
A historian by background and training, he curated the recent rail exhibition at the Rural Heritage Museum, "How the West Was Won: Trains and the Transformation of Western North Carolina." Over 3,000 persons visited the exhibition in 2015 and it will be reopened in Marion (across from the Depot) in March and April, 2016.
Ray served as Aldermen for 2 terms, Mayor of Mars Hill for 3 terms and as State Representative of House District 118 (Yancey, Madison and Haywood Counties) for 5 terms from 2003 to 2012. While in Raleigh he served as a member of the Transportation Committee and Co-Chaired two committees on expanding and improving rail service in North Carolina.
Saluda Train Tales is a free monthly event to educate the community of the importance of Saluda's railroad history and the Saluda Grade. These events are at the Saluda Historic Depot, 32 W Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773.

If there is inclement weather, please contact Judy Ward at 828-674-5958 or or Cathy Jackson at 828-817-2876 or for schedule updates. 
Remaining Winter Days
Until the extremely low temperatures in early to mid-January, Saluda was graced with extended almost  spring like weather. Flowering plants in the garden responded accordingly. The hardy flowering quince, breath of spring, and the autumn flowering cherry trees burst into full bloom. Even hellebores, mahonia, and crocus began to bloom. Early varieties of Camellia japonica--especially Lady Claire, Magnoliaeflora, and White by the Gate-bloomed more beautifully than in any previous year. But, then came the protracted low temperatures and the "show" was over. Not to worry; Mother Nature still has much to come! Should there be two or three weeks of "reasonable" temperatures, the show will begin again.
In a positive vein, these low temperatures have to be accepted as part of the "grand design". As much as we may wish to whine about the discomfort and long for the earlier reprieve, we can be grateful and look ahead to next summer with fewer insect pests to contend with. And, too, those plants killed by winter extremes simply present new opportunities by providing space in the garden for new plants that we have wanted to try for some time. Furthermore, late winter provides a quiet time for reflecting on changes to be made in the garden, whether questions of pruning, transplanting, removing disappointing plants, or planning for new introductions.
In addition, winter is a good time to visit other gardens to gain insights that might prove useful in your own garden. Four public gardens that I find interesting and useful for this purpose and that warrant a day trip are the South Carolina Botanical Garden at Clemson, Hatcher Garden and Woodland Preserve in Spartanburg, the Asian Garden at the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens, as well as my favorite which is Wing Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary also in Charlotte. Google their sites for hours open and then choose an agreeable winter day for an outing and a much needed change of scenery.
One other suggestion for warding off the winter doldrums is to plan for next year or even for the remainder of this year by acquiring a citrus tree as an indoor plant if you have a sunny location. This is the time of year the Meyer lemons and satsuma mandarin oranges bloom. They provide a huge fragrance for the indoor setting and produce a bountiful crop of fruit later in the year. My trees having gotten so large with the successive repotting over the years that I use small hand trucks to move them indoors on cold nights while letting them remain on my deck when temperatures are above freezing.
Additionally, for you indoor gardeners, there are the ever popular African violets and orchids which some of my friends seem to be so successful with and which provide a spot of color on a cold winter day. I gave up these options long ago because they seem to resent me and die despite my best efforts. But, if you have never grown either or have given up pampering them in years past, try again. They are certainly worth the effort. Besides, you may have just the right setting and the perfect touch to be successful.
However we gardeners may decide to use the remaining winter days, we can take heart and rejoice that spring is just around the corner.
Submitted by Walter Hoover
Bradley Farms

Hope everyone enjoyed the snow! Here is what is happening in the month of February:  
We will be attending the Indoor Farmers Market which is held in the lower level of the Columbus United Methodist Church from 9am-12pm on Saturdays. If you would like to place an order, you can now place an order on our website under the tab Pastured Meats. There is a list of all our cuts.  As always, you are always welcome to come to the farm, see the animals and take some meat home with you!
Stock up your coolers with some pork! If you would like to reserve a whole or half order for pork, please email us. We have been told our pork chops are hard to beat! Also, we are taking reservations on half and whole orders for beef. Please let us know if you are interested so we can add you to the reservation list. 
We are planning our Spring Open House which will feature a farm tour and demonstrations. Spring means busy times on at the farm. Chicks, piglets, pigs, planting, broilers, turkey poults, and it's calving season, so baby calves too! Enjoy a trip to the farm with your loved ones and see where your food comes from!  (Date TBD.)
Currently, all pastured chicken is out of stock. Production will begin again in early spring.
Here are our sales for this month:
Beef Short Ribs $6.49 per lb - Save $1 per lb
Pork Fat Back $1.50 per lb - Save $1 per lb
Pork Trotters $2.99 per lb - Save $1 per l
Please check out our new website and share it with your family and friends! Visit us at 

If you haven't already liked us on Facebook or Instagram, please click on these links.

For more information, please just email us at

Thank you for the support!

Aaron and Nicole Bradley, Bradley Farm, 4455 Howard Gap Rd., Saluda, NC 28773.
Saluda Faces
Jack and Janet Gunnels

Saluda Faces recognizes Saluda citizens that you may see often and wonder who they are, what they do, and why they live or work in Saluda. If you would like to refer someone for Saluda Faces, please email    

Among familiar faces in Saluda for the last twenty years have been Jack and Janet (pronounced Janette) Gunnels. Many people come here because they know someone in the area, have a history of coming here from closer cities like Charlotte, Columbia or Charleston. But Jack and Janet are unique in that they knew no one previous to their first visit from Birmingham, AL.

Here's how it happened. Janet grew up in Birmingham where her son and her mother still live. Jack grew up in Haines City. While Jack was roaming around the Philadelphia area working for the Florida Citrus Commission, Janet was working for an advertising agency in Birmingham. Jack later went to work selling advertising for WSGN radio in Birmingham. He called on Janet but it took several years before a sale of a different nature happened. Janet left the agency where she worked and started her own advertising company and Jack went on to WBRC-TV selling ads for them. They decided to marry and bought a house on Lake Martin near Birmingham.
One thing that they both enjoyed was traveling. They visited Europe over 20 times. They have pictures of the Great Wall of China, the two of them in front of the Taj Mahal and pictures of Australia's Barrier Reef. Jack expressed the beauty of Rio and Buenas Aries.
So how did the Gunnels arrive in our city? It happened that they owned another house in Birmingham and wanted to sell both houses and settle on something different. They closed on one house on a Thursday and the next closing would not be until the following Friday. Not wanting to spend a week in a hotel, they decided to take a trip to Saluda. Janet had heard about the fine food and the famous chef at the Orchard Inn and so came to see. By that time the chef had left and the Inn had changed hands. So what did they do? They found a realtor to show them houses. After seeing the house on Frost Road, they were impressed by its privacy and the view! While they were considering options, Jack said that they were sitting on the deck looking at the view and he asked Janet "of all the places in the whole world you would like to live, where would it be?"... and Janet's answer was "right here." She got her wish.
And we have all benefited by having them as active members of the Saluda community for these last twenty years.

By Mike Boyce 
Historic Saluda

Dr. Jerry M. "Doc" Russell
We were saddened to learn of the death of our good friend Doc Russell. He has been featured in our oral history interviews in the past and is one of our star characters in our upcoming film, "Saluda's Blue Ridge Music Traditions" where he shares his memories of the old time square dances held at the Saluda School gym. We're going to miss Doc and feel he was a true blue Saludian. Doc said in his 2012 oral history interview, found by clicking  here , that he was born in Saluda during a snow storm. Little did he know that is also how he would depart.
Your Opinion Matters
The Historic Saluda Committee is co-hosting a public forum with the Saluda Historic Depot Board on February 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the depot. We want your ideas regarding the use and design of the depot. This is your depot too, and we want you to have a say in the final outcome. Please join us because your opinion matters!
Oral History Film Documentary Update
Just to give you an update, "Saluda's Blue Ridge Music Traditions" continues to evolve! It's taking longer to edit than anticipated but is slated for release this spring. We apologize for the delay! We want to make this a memorable film, so proper editing is vital. Members of the Historic Saluda Committee, Martin Anderson, Carolyn Ashburn and Cindy Tuttle continue to work with the Polk County Film Initiative to make this a classic Saluda film that everyone will want in their collection. STAY TUNED!

Get Your Saluda History Fix Every Day!
The Historic Saluda Committee now has a Facebook page. Like our page and enjoy tidbits of Saluda history every day. We'll take you all the way back to the days of Pace's Gap on up to the present. Click here to go to our page.  

Available Merchandise:
  • Home, Hearth and History: Stories of Old Saluda, oral history documentary, DVD, $20
  • Saluda, NC: Voices from the First 100 Years, re-mastered audio oral history recordings, CD, $10
  • Historic Saluda Stickers, $3
  • Images of America: Saluda, published by Arcadia Publishing Company, $23.50 (includes tax)
Merchandise available through local Saluda merchants. You can also purchase it on-line at All proceeds go toward future projects.
Want to serve? We encourage you to attend our meetings to see if this is YOUR cup of tea. The Historic Saluda Committee meets the second Friday of every month. The next meeting is scheduled for Friday, February 12, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at the Saluda Public Library in the upstairs meeting room. The public is invited to attend. 
For more information about the Historic Saluda Committee go to or contact us at to view some of the oral histories collected? The HSC also has a YouTube page, so click here or go to
Submitted by Cindy Stephenson Tuttle, Chair, Historic Saluda Committee
Arts in Tryon
Saluda is home to almost 50 artists and craftspeople who work, exhibit and participate in the art opportunities provided by the art facilities in Tryon.

To see workshops, exhibits, openings and performances, please click on the links provided below.

Tryon Arts & Crafts School

373 Harmon Field Road

Tryon, NC 28782

(828) 859-8323      


Tryon Fine Arts

34 Melrose Avenue
Tryon, NC  28782
828.859.8322 (TFAC)     

Tryon Painters & Sculptors

For information about classes and workshops and to register, please contact Christine Mariotti at 828-859-8392 or at Information about classes and workshops can also be found in the class notebook located in the gallery. Tryon Painters and Sculptors Gallery is open Thursday through Saturday, 11:00 until 5:00 pm.


The Gallery is located at 78 N Trade St., Tryon. You may phone 828-859-0141 if you have any questions or email: Visit the TPS website at


Call for Artists Saluda Arts Festival
Waddil Arts Festival Call for Artists 
  Historic Downtown
Saluda,  NC
   May 21, 2016  
10am - 4pm

Cultivating and promoting its heritage in the arts, the Saluda Business Association invites you to enter your work in the 13th annual Saluda Arts Festival scheduled for May 21, 2016.  Showcasing fine arts and crafts from local and regional artists, the Saluda Arts Festival draws thousands of spring tourists visiting Western North Carolina.  
Exhibit Fee:  $75 
Entry Deadline:  March 16, 2016
 Download application by clicking here or visiting after January 1 and linking to the arts festival page.

For more information, please contact Susie Welsh at 828-749-3900, or Wendy Hamil at

Saluda Turns 135 Years in February
February 1, 1881, the town of Saluda was granted a charter by the North Carolina Legislature. The railroad had made its way up the Saluda Grade and the first passenger train came into "Pace's Gap" on July 4, 1878 with a great celebration.

This is continued history; Years 2011 to 2015.  (See January issue of Saluda Lifestyles for years 1881-2010.) 

2011 - Saluda celebrates the town's 130th anniversary with year-long events. Saluda Business Association funds and installs a new Saluda Visitors Center building at Adkin's Produce. Historic Saluda Committee releases oral history film, Home, Hearth & History: Stories of Old Saluda.
2012 - The Historic Saluda Committee created a new logo to represent rich history of Saluda. Saluda's Aaron Burdett won the Our State Magazine's first-ever singer/songwriter competition with his song, "Going Home to Carolina." Saluda is designated a N.C. Small Town Main Street program by the state's Office of Urban and forms the Saluda Downtown Foundation. Saluda School recognized as National Blue Ribbon School.
2013 - The Gorge, the steepest, fastest canopy tour on the East Coast, opens by Sarah and Tim Bell, contributing a positive economic impact on Saluda. The Historic Saluda Committee released the oral history audio documentary, "Saluda, NC: Voices First 100 Years," taken from the recorded tapes by Anne Osborne and Charlene Pace when working on their book Saluda, NC: 100 Years 1881-1981. Saluda Business Association publishes the Saluda Adventure Guide, a pocket-sized, two sided, color map with hiking trails, road bike trails, and other recreation activities that pass through or around Saluda. Carolina Foothills Chamber of Commerce awarded Shelley DeKay, owner of Heartwood Gallery in Saluda, as "business person of the year." Coon Dog Day celebrated 50 years of the festival. City of Saluda launches campaign to sell engraved brick pavers to raise money for Pace Park. Top of the Grade concert series is launched.
2014 - Don Mintz Builders and Family build the Ella Grace Mintz stage in Top of the Grade at McCreery Park. City of Saluda's Master Park Plan is announced. Saluda Medical Center closes after 40 years. City hall building renovations begin. Tobacco banned from city buildings, vehicles, and parks. Saluda Downtown Foundation holds three winterfest dinner/concerts and Valentine's Day party.
2015 - The restoration of City Hall and the Police Station was completed. The Saluda Downtown Foundation which is overseen by the NC Small Town Main Street program became a 501(c)3 non-profit and launched several projects to enhance and enrich downtown, including a new town marquee at a primary entrance to town, a new logo and brand for Saluda. A group of concerned citizens formed a 501(c)3 non-profit to purchase the Saluda Historic Depot to create a heritage and train museum. Saluda Community Land Trust successfully organized private individuals, Saluda churches, and county governments to purchase Judd's Peak and to preserve it for the Saluda community. Saluda was designated a Tree City USA town. "Images of America: Saluda" by Historic Saluda Committee was published by Arcadia Publishing. Five new businesses opened on Main Street: Affordable Golf Carts; Baseball, Hotdogs, Apple Pie & Chevrolet; The Pottery;  Steamy Mug; and Chad Blotner Photography. Pace Park was opened with the laying of brick pavers and planters, and Saluda's Blue Ridge National Heritage sign was installed in the park. Saluda hires first city manager. Saluda citizens and commissioners resolve to oppose Duke Energy's future power transmission plan and wins. Big Bradley Falls named by Weather Channel as NC's amazing hidden gem. Changes in the city's government including new staff, new computer software, new tax collections, new sign ordinances, a new city landscape plan, and water system infrastructure assessment.

Thanks to Charlene Pace for providing this information. Charlene is Saluda's historian and co-author of "Saluda NC 100 Years 1881-1981" and Supplement, published 1985. Books are available at Historic Thompson's Store and M.A. Pace Store thanks to a reprinting by the Saluda Business Association.
The Penny
From "Saluda 100 Years" 

This is a remembrance written by Andrea "Chris" Anderson in 1981 that was published in "Saluda 100 Years" history book with permission by Charlene Pace, author.
The red caboose finally rumbled by and I stumbled down the bank to the track. I began searching in the gravel. I'd put seven pennies on the rail. There's one! I picked it up, inspected it quickly and crammed it into my jeans pocket. I walked the rail searching alongside for the others. I found five quickly. They had all been flattened and smoothed. Several had curved edges matching the shape of the rail. One was still missing.
Then, suddenly, I spotted a penny near the bank. But it hadn't been flattened. It must have fallen off the rail. I reached for it and was about to put it in my jeans pocket when I noticed something different about it. It had an Indian head on it and it was old and worn. I was barely able to see the date. As I tilted it to catch the light. I was surprised to see 1881! A hundred years old! How long had it lain beside the track? Had it been there a hundred years? Had it been lost later? What if a girl like me had lost the penny hack in 1881?
I looked across at the town-vat the row of stores facing the railroad tracks. What would Saluda have been like in the 1800's! Would any of these same buildings have been here then? The buildings are brick now, but I remembered hearing that many of them are nearly a hundred years old. I looked up at the mountains framing the town. The roundness of them showed they had been here a long, long time. They would have seen the railroad come. They would have known the town's beginnings.
I held the old coin carefully and crossed over to the sidewalk in front of Pace's Store. As I passed, I noticed the dip in the cement step in front of the door worn down by the many feet which had walked over it. I wandered back behind City Hall to the old spring that some of the townspeople uncovered last summer. I sat on the stone step and looked down into the water. Sitting there the traffic sounds seemed to become fainter. I almost imagined I heard hoof beats coming up the dusty road. They seemed to come closer. Then the reflection of a man leading his horse to the spring appeared over my shoulder. I looked back at myself in the pool and instead of seeing a girl in a tee shirt, I saw a girl wearing a sunbonnet and braids.

I picked up my basket of eggs, went into Daddy Hart's store and set them on the counter. He cranked the cash register and the drawer popped open. He handed me fifteen cents. I thanked him, dropped the coins into my apron pocket and went outside onto the wooden porch. I decided to walk home down the track. Holding my long skirt with one hand and jingling the coins in my pocket with the other, I balanced one foot in front of the other. I decided to put one of the pennies on the rail for the train to mash. I would leave it and come back for it later. Mamma had said to come straight home.

The piercing scream of the train blasted in my ear. I stood up quickly. I wanted to hurry home and read the book on Saluda's history that Mom had been nagging me about. For some reason, I hadn't been much interested before.
Annual Calendar of Events
Jerry's Baddle Green River Race --Duathlon requires Class V kayaking. 3rd Saturday in April. 
Saluda Train Tales - 3rd Friday each month (April - October)
Saluda Tailgate Market -Every Friday (May through October)
Spring Green Bash - 1st Saturday in May, hosted at Green River Adventures.
Saluda Arts Festival - May 21, 2016
Top of the Grade Concerts -- (2nd Friday of month, May through September)
Coon Dog Day - A homecoming and celebration for dogs and their people! Great food, live music, parade, crafts, and more! 1st Saturday after July 4.
Green River Games - Extreme multisport event 1st Saturday in September 4-5. 
Charlie Ward's Memorial BBQ - 2nd Saturday in September 12, 2015
Green Race - A world Class V kayaking race. 1st Saturday in November.
Saluda Methodist Church Turkey Dinner - 2nd Saturday in November
Hometown Christmas - Open House and Music. 2nd Friday in December
Small Business Saturday - 2nd Saturday in December

A Storm to Remember!

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dvdHome, Hearth and History: Stories of Old Saluda DVD. Proceeds will go to the Oral History Project for the next sequel.   Price:  $20.00+shipping. 


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